Red Table, a spacious new dining spot, has opened in Huntington Beach with a very casual vibe and an edgy interpretation of comfort food.
Chef Louis Jocson calls it a "gastro bar" with craft beers and fine wines. The whole concept is slightly unconventional, from the eclectic décor to the menu to the style of service.
The lofty ceiling is supported by big steel girders and cinderblock walls, which seem to absorb some of the noise since the room is buzzy but not loud. There are half a dozen different kinds of light fixtures, ranging from chandeliers to giant baskets. The art is equally quirky, with gilt-framed impressionistic scenes as well as large graphic images, including one that reads, "Eat your vegetables."
The room is divided by two faux-branch sculptured hedges, which surround the huge communal "red table." There is a big open kitchen in the rear with a counter in front of it where you order your food. Self-seating includes booths, tables and the bar, which extends the entire length of the room. The overall feeling is rustic, unpretentious, funky and hip.